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Hermes Trismegistus: FATHER OF ALL PRACTICING PHILOSOPHERS
on November 4, 2015
There is much more required, as suggested by the author, than modern neuropsychology and religion can offer to understand Hermes Trismegistos who the Iranian Philosopher of Illumination Suhrawardi calls the FATHER OF ALL PHILOSOPHERS.
With this he refers to the adepts of Pythagorean/Platonic philosophía (Iran: falsafah al ula = old philosophy composed of a written and unwritten doctrine), which is mistranslated with “love of wisdom”. Plato (Phaidon 64a) describes it as follows:
Those who happen to grasp the philosophía correctly risk being unrecognised by others, because it is nothing but 'practising to die and to be dead'.
He calls it in Phaidros (81a) the “pleasurable (phaidros) practice of dying (meléte thanátou)”. He refers with it to a profound non-religious psychic meditation practice in a standing posture, which still exists in the Far East and which has - so I am convinced - become familiar to me. I doubt that modern neuropsychology can ever discover it.
It permits by self-observation the super-sensory experience of the psychic kósmos in form of a step-wise ascent (anagóge) of the psyché. I give a profound explanation of it in THE SOCRATES CODE that appeared 2014 at Lotus Press. For a review see: “Man, the measure of all things?” in The Philosopher, V. 102 No. 2, 2014.
See also my critical reviews here on Amazon on the books:
The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels.
The Kybalion: A Study of The Hermetic Philosophy of Ancient Egypt and Greece, by The Three Initiates
Plato Symposium (Hackett Classics), translated by Alexander Nehamas and Paul Woodruff,
Plato Republic (Hackett Classics), translated by C. D. C. Reeve,
Timaeus and Critias (Penguin Classics), by Plato,
Theology of Arithmetic, by Robin Butterfield.
For futher details see my Youtube presentation. TAO: PATH TO DISCOVER THE PSYCHO-COSMIC ORIGIN OF THE WESTERN CULTURE.